Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lots of things in my head

This week I've collected lots of little things which means lots of things on my to-do list. I picked-up the last edition of Good Taste magazine because it had this yummy looking cake which means I'll be making this for my girl who's turning 7 this Father's Day.

I picked this camelia flower and put it in a small jar to keep me happy. I can't wait til Spring so we can have more flowers in the house and yard.

I recieved this really lovely letter from Jodi from Chi and Fidel who posted me a pattern for knitting a toddler vest after I spied her comment from Corrie's blog and had the nerve to ask for the pattern. She was lovely enough to send me, a total stranger, the pattern. The note and pattern even smell divine. Oh bless her. Thankyou soooo much Jodi. I will be putting this on the needles and hopefully will finish it by next Winter. I am a terrible procrastinator.

I made some scones with the rest of the Laucke box for the hungry pack and we enjoyed it although I must admit I burnt the bottoms as I put the heat up which gave them a golden colour (but black bottoms). I just trimmed them off.

This guy has been keeping me on my feet! I tell you some times I would just like it if he slept during the day but he does not. Hubby says "That's a face only a mother can love" Haa haa. Lucky for him I adore his face so I don't mind having him around.... most of the time.

I'm trying to be more organised but some days things just happen when they happen. Between part-time work and mostly full-time parenting I find it hard to keep up with all that's going on and not forget things. Do you have any tips on keeping on top of everything? I'd love to hear them.

I hope you're having a good week too.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sewing, Cooking, Reading

 This is my finished Tova top. I like it. BUT it's a size large and it is too big on me. I will have to cut out a medium next and I'll be trying a dress length. We'll see how that goes. It was fun to put together but I'm not sure this is a colour for me.

 I'm pretty sure I didn't understand how to do the collar so I'll be carefully seeking out tutorials for how it's properly done. I think I even did the cuffs wrong but they both look fine. I shall bestow this to my sister who will probably (hopefully) like the gift.

 Scholastic have sent us some books which the kids have definately loved. I'll be reviewing some of them in the next post. It's funny because we recognise some of the titles from their school book club so it's a real treat to have a copy at home. So far, I'm really loving The Big Beet by Lynn Ward. The kids really enjoy it too. The illustrations are great and the story is fun.

 Here are the younger two with Possum Magic - Animals. The illustrations are beautiful and of course I love the Australian native animals. It's perfect for their age group and I'm hoping Miss Three (almost 4) can start to recognise the words.

There's been some cooking! Ssssh don't tell me belly. I was at Westfield and managed to get a madeleine tray from House for just $13! It must have been on sale because the printed shelf price was $18. That was the last tray too so I am really glad I went in to find it. I used the recipe from the Baking Essentials book and they turned out really nice except that I left them in for a bit too long and the edges were crispy. Plus there was a lot more batter than expected and I overfilled the tray a bit. I will definately try these again as they didn't last long at our house.

Above are the scrump-diddly-umptious scones I made using the pre-made Laucke CWA recipe box. They were soft and beautiful even after using the dough hook on my food mixer. They are a bit light as I didn't want to over cook them (see madeleines mishap). We ate them with jam and cream (of course).

Primary colours. I could not go past these little bowls from Woolworths. They were half price so I got four of them for soups etc. Aren't the designs divine? It makes me so happy when I see them. Wanna know a secret, I have the matching mugs (rolls-eyes).

Hot Dollar has come through with the good again and this massive sturdy bag came in at $5!!! I use it to fill two towels and swim gear for the kids. It has a front pocket for easy access to my keys, mobile and wallet. Awesomeness!!!

I'll try and come back for more updates but things are incredibly busy I forget to even pack the laundry. You know how it is. Sigh....